AUSTIN, Texas | Three Young Harris College players - Carlos Gomez, Mikie Rowe and Dani Fischer - have been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division II Men's Soccer Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Gomez was selected to the first team, while Rowe was a second-team honoree and Fischer was named to the third team. Young Harris led all institutions with three players named to the Division II teams.
The trio become the 20th, 21st, and 22nd Mountain Lion to be named to a Academic All-America® by CoSIDA. They also become the fifth, sixth and seventh different men's soccer student-athletes named to a national team. Wezly Barnard was named to the Academic All-America® team in 2011 and 2012 while Ilija Ilic was selected in 2013 and 2014, Lewis Hilton was chosen in 2015 and Ramin Varnhorn was picked in 2016.
It is the first time the Peach Belt Conference has had three men's soccer Academic All-Americans, let alone three from the same team. The award is widely regarded as the highest honor a student-athlete can receive.
The Google Cloud Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.
Gomez, who is a senior forward from Algete, Spain, was named to the All-PBC first team as being named to the second team in 2016 and 2017. Gomez, who was a first team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches in 2018, led the team and the conference with 10 assists, while second on the team and league in goals (12) and points (34). Gomez, who was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week once in 2018 and was named the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week on Oct. 30, had three match-winning goals in 19 matches. Gomez finished the year ranked 16th nationally in assists (10), 25th in points (34), 26th in assists per game (0.53) and 27th in points per game (1.79). Gomez has a 3.61 GPA as a business and public policy major
Rowe became the 13th player in league history to score 20 or more goals in a season with 22 to lead the PBC in 2018. The senior midfielder from Wexford, Ireland, is finished third in NCAA Division II with 1.16 goals per game, and fourth in points per game (2.58), goals (22) and points (49). His 22 goals was the eighth-highest single-season total in PBC history and his conference-leading 49 points was tied for 11th most. Named the PBC Player of the Week four times this year and the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week on Sept. 13, he also led the PBC in game-winning goals and shots. The 2018 United Soccer Coaches first team All-American was the fourth Mountain Lion to be named the PBC Player of the Year and kept the award at Young Harris for the fifth time in the last six years. Rowe earned the league's Select Sports Golden Ball Award for scoring the most goals. Rowe has a 3.44 GPA as a business and public policy major.
Fischer, who is a sophomore defender from Bruck an der Leitha, Austria, was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference first team in 2018. Fischer, who helped the Mountain Lions to nine shutouts this season, has a goal and six assists for YHC in 18 matches. The six assists are tied for third most on the team. Fischer has a 3.85 cumulative grade-point average as a business and public policy major
The Mountain Lions finished the season at 17-1-1 and ranked seventh in the final United Soccer Coaches Division II Coaches Poll. The Mountain Lions captured their fourth Peach Belt regular-season and tournament titles as they earned the No. 1 seed from the Southeast region in NCAA Division II Tournament in 2018. In just its fifth season as an active NCAA Division II institution, it was the fourth trip for Young Harris to the NCAA Tournament.